Since there’s not really enough entries to liven up the car meet, I’ll extend the time limit for showcases from 8th to 11th August. Beyond that, no extensions.
All rules stay the same, with no changes.
Since there’s not really enough entries to liven up the car meet, I’ll extend the time limit for showcases from 8th to 11th August. Beyond that, no extensions.
All rules stay the same, with no changes.
This Frenchie import (a Ceder Foré in France) is a rusty boi underneath, keeping it’s original 1.3 engine but with a re-jetted carburettor, cat back exhaust system and K&N air filter.
Chrome bits have been sprayed matte black, like wise the bonnet, the door mirrors have been moved down the end of the bonnet cos JDM tingz and it has yellow headlights just becoz. J.B has also decided to tastefully adorn it with decals.
It sits low and static on aftermarket coilovers and a set of rare 13’’ Gotti wheels, so it scrapes its exhaust on speed humps and busts it plastic chin spoiler on leaves, but it’s all good. The roofrack is off something else and has just been cut down to fit and makes a terrible whistling noise at above 50mph.
Imagine it sounding like this : '82 Renault R5 1.1-Exhaust - YouTube
1950 HILLSTROM TYPE D CONVERTIBLE
But being a complete wreck, and parts availability for especially the convertible being low, it took her almost 10 years before she could let the pineapple yellow/ebony black paint combo glare in the sun for the first time.
“I have to admit, I bought three four door parts cars that were in better condition than this, but considering that a very rare convertible got saved I don’t really regret cutting them up. At least I tried to make every single useable part from them find a new home.”
One could think that such a rare car in Finland should have stayed there, but when moving to the US a couple of years ago, leaving the Hillstrom at home was no alternative for Laura.
“I have invested my whole soul in this car, it is more than just a vehicle, it is part of my personality now, and by the way, this is so top notch after the restoration, finding a convertible as good as this for some sane amounts of money would not be easy at all.”
At least the finnish origin is shown by sporting the old finnish plates for car shows.
“It’s such a big part of its heritage and it always makes the know-it-all guys a bit confused”, Laura laughs.
We sure wish both Laura and the Type D good luck in the future on their new homeground.
This is no ordinary Carica. This is #13 out of a limited run of 73 RSport edition Carica V6 coupe’s, tuned for pure performance to rival similiar sports cars at the time.
This particular example is owned by RB Senniker’s Autohouse, a fully restored example that has toured Japan and has been featured in many articles.
This car came from factory with a Torsen LSD, a 2.4L V6 pushing over 210hp and the right tyres to back all that talk up. It was a JDM icon in 2006, one of the popular poster cars for kids and aspiring petrolheads alike.
This car is well-loved, and will be cherished for the rest of its life, being serviced at a main dealer, and only genuine parts used.
Rolling in and looking Radwood ready,
a CSR124 idea that I scrapped in favor of soemthing else a 1986 Legion Seagull Sandpiper Edition
In the mid 1980s, Legion contracted with American Sunroof Company to produce convertible versions of the Seagull, as convertible sales in the United States saw a resurgence in that time, and other companies had already entrusted ASC with the conversions of their regular passenger cars to convertibles. All of the convertibles were FWD models, as the transmission tunnel that would house the driveshaft in AWD models was partially utilized for additional chassis bracing, and markets that would choose convertibles were seen as generally opposite those that would choose AWD.
This Sandpiper Edition was a convertible-only, limited edition model that came in two-tone white and teal, with pink accents. It also came with unique alloy wheels, painted in white to match the body, and matching pink accents.
Though these were seen as garish shortly after their time, they have been creeping up in value as of late thanks to their rarity and an increasing appreciation for 1980s aesthetics in collector cars. This one is an especially desirable example, as it has the most powerful engine, the 145 hp 2.7 liter SOHC flat six, and a 5 speed manual transmission.
First model developed in-house by Kadett
After the brands beginnings with Sisten in the mid-60s, Kadett launched their first unique model in 1970 - the Athena sedan. Designed primarily for the domestic Korean market, the car was introduced to Europe in the early years of the decade. While not a full sales success, it laid the groundwork for later efforts by Kadett to conquer the market, such as the Club and Beat hatchbacks.
Present here is a 1972 GLS model, known as the Sport in certain markets. Main ways to distinguish the GLS are the plastic lip below the front bumper and exclusive white wheels, offered only from 1972 to 1974. It’s clean as hell, obviously, who would’ve expected anything else.
Incredibly rare, hideous and forcefully quirky convertible
Read more about the Beatbuggy here, if you haven’t already.
This 1994 Beatbuggy is equipped like most models were: yellow paint and white bumpers with the four spoke hubcaps on top. The car has belonged to an elderly lady, buying it brand-new from her local dealer until selling it in 2004 to a car collector. Having belonged to him ever since, this Beatbuggy looks like new - which is to say, terrible.
Alright, its been mostly older cars, so let’s take a look at somethings a little different.
– 2019 Tristella Gryphus–
The current Grand Tourer that Tristella offers, the Gryphus features a 5.2l Twin Turbo V10, based off the same engine as their flagship Cygnus hypercar. Still, with 730HP on tap, this is very much a super grand tourer. As you can expect from Tristella, the quality is far up there.
This one in particular has been left stock by its owner - why change what doesn’t need to be changed? It is painted in a particularly rare colour however - Dusk Metallic Purple - a deep purple with a light orange flake, emulating its namesake.
There is however, another Tristella around here… with a very different philosophy on how to personalize their car by the owner.
– 2017 Tristella Cygnus –
Ah yes, this is the Cygnus. Visually, a very… differently modified Cygnus, that is no doubt not approved by anyone at Tristella’s HQ. If you do want to read about the base Cygnus however, you can do so here.
So, onto this chrome-wrapped hypercar. The owner here - a rather shady individual, I should mention - has done this up in a bōsōzoku style. Flashy, with bright LEDs, a widebody kit for a car that’s already plenty wide and a huge GT wing. Its not like you don’t attract enough attention driving a Cygnus, but this is definitely going to turn heads, rather positively or negatively.
Of course, while this wasn’t the most conventional of cars to modify, there is some more of what you expect.
– 1996 Kuma GP-R –
Right, let’s go through with what this base car is all about before going into its extensive modlist. This here is a Kuma GP-R, Kuma’s flagship sports car from the 90s. Like all your favorite Japanese sportcars of that era, it produced “276 HP”, from a 3.0L Turbo Inline 6. Plenty fast and plenty tunable, they were often seen on the track and on the highways, not to mention being a bit of a car commonly used in your ProStation racing games.
This one of course, like many others of its model line, has been heavily modified both inside and out. Its exterior features a widened body, decked out with an eyecatching itasha paintjob. Inside, the interior has been lightly stripped, with a rather serious (pink) rollcage taking the place of where the rear seats once were. In terms of power, the engine had been thoroughly touched by SCH. Stroked to 3.2L and with a big snail in, quoted power figures are now roughly 750HP.
You’re enjoying your carmeet, and you hear an annoying fartcan in the distance
The Olsson Club hasn’t invited this stupid ass but he came on his own and parked next to 2 other members of the club.
No one like this guy, Kevin, he’s reving his shitbox at every car meet and he thinks he’s cool. I hope some of you will talk to him about this…
And look a this awful piece of crap:
Fortunately, there is other good cars to see at this meet, like this brand new 2020 2243 Orkan with its famous 400HP 2.4L i5.
And next to it, this insane box from the 80s: the Olsson 2265 AWD, with a insane tuned i5 turbo swap, and a large bodykit.
Absolutely adore the Pikachu.
As Everyone Starts to Show, We Can Take a look at some of these bad boys.
Here is an angry shouty looking thing.
The 2019 Reconcilation Chase RB
Now Here are a pair of ridiculous big engined brutes that showed up.
I need new pics
Meanwhile in one corner of the parking lot…
A car unknown to many, a 1984 Bayside Motors Quezon Laguna V8, tuned specifically for the Wangan and features a widebody kit and a giant hood scoop, as well as a custom green flake paintjob reminiscent of a Super Eagle.
Under the hood seems to lie a twin-turbocharged 427 cubic inch Chevrolet Big Block engine, tuned to an unknown amount of horsepower (rumoured to be over 650). The car apparently was owned by some doctor in the 80s, and was often seen racing along the Bayshore Route of the Shuto Expressway. The car was able to achieve speeds of over 300km/h as it raced through the famous route.
It is currently owned by an exotic car dealer in Japan, used as a showpiece and is often seen parading around.
The original owner of this vehicle is claimed to have eventually been caught by Law Enforcement in the 90s, but records are incomplete and as such, this claim is hard to prove.
In another corner…
An almost stock 1999 Yuro Glaze RS-GT. A high-performance trim of a compact executive sedan famously known for tearing up racetracks around the world.
At the time of the Glaze RS-GT’s debut, this car once obliterated records for a sports sedan in the early 2000s, featuring a “276”-hp (In actuality made close to
290hp[REDACTED]) 2.5-litre DOHC all-aluminum Inline-6, and thanks to some weight reduction and some other performance modifications done by the team that made the Yuro Sabre sports coupe, the Glaze RS-GT made waves as being one of the fastest cars of its time.
The car is currently owned by a YouTuber in his late 20s, who’s an avid car enthusiast and has a fairly plump collection of rare 90s vehicles such as this one. He’s done some modifications such as removing the limiter on the ECU, bringing the car’s horsepower up to 301.
And at last, somewhere else in the parking lot…
There seems to be two girls quarreling in front of a 2006 Quezon SR-2.
This SR-2 features a Bayside Motor Works kit and is painted in what looks to be factory Davies White.
This is of course, no ordinary SR-2 with a bodykit slapped on it, however. It features a 1400cc inline-four taken straight out of a wrecked Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, and tuned to make over 220hp. Pair it with the lightweight fibreglass and carbon fibre body, and you have quite the track machine.
owner of the car is a cosplayer and she just dragged her friend along idk what else i should say just shoot me
Hello, I’m Nathan Collins with Motoring Monthly, here at the 2020 Automation Car Meet, standing by some very special Voltaris. We’ll be conducting some quick interviews with the owners of these beauties, as well as potentially getting some time behind the wheel, so stay tuned.
The three Voltaris that we’ll be taking a look at are all extremely different, with two from the current era, and one a throwback to simpler times. The Sunset Copper Pearl Elysium is owned by racing driver Henrik Samuelsson, who was one of the first to own the 1500hp, limited edition hypercar. The Alphard Blue Speedster is owned by Richard Nyman, an investment banker by day, and a major car enthusiast by night. Finally, the pristine Dust Copper 3000LX Syncro is owned by Goran Nemec, who inherited the car from his father, and has a touching story to go along with it.
A large flock of people surround Samulsson’s Elysium, who’s giving autographs to fans of the famed World Rallycross and former DTM driver. The Elysium sports a 5.5L twin-turbocharged V8, that produces 765hp and 625lb-ft of torque on it’s own, however that beast of a engine is also mated to 3 electric motors (one on each rear wheel and the other on the front axle, giving it a total combined output of 1500hp and 1050lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a heavily beefed up 7-speed DCT and all-wheel drive, which allows the Elysium to do 0-60 in 2.3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 250mph. Only 1000 units were made (seen here is #150/1000), priced at $670,000. We managed to get a chance to speak to Samuelsson, who said this about the Elysium;
The Elysium is a fantastic car, it feels incredibly focused and agile under hard driving, while remaining civilised enough to drive around town. The 1500hp plug-in hybrid powertrain brings an exciting twist to the Elysium’s formula. I was there personally for many of the Elysium’s major development milestones, and I can truly see all the work that Voltari put into this machine.
And Samuelsson was right, the Elysium is truly a sight to behold. Towards the end of the night, Samulesson started up the Elysium, and everyone in the car park was in awe, hearing the 1500hp/1050lb-ft 5.5L twin turbocharged V8 and tri-motor electric powertrain roar to life. Some other auto journalists also got to take it for a quick drive, saying the 7-speed dual clutch transmission was incredibly quick, and a perfect match for the engine. Others praised the roofless design as well as the exclusive paintjob. We unfortunately didn’t get a chance to get behind the wheel of this Elysium, but our official first drive and review of another unit will be in September’s MM issue.
Next, we went to take a look at Mr. Nyman’s Speedster, which attracted a few good looks from the crowd as well. The Speedster is a fascinating piece of engineering, sporting a 3.0L 405hp/295lb-ft naturally aspirated V8, a 7-speed dual clutch borrowed from it’s bigger brother, the Elysium, and rear-wheel drive. The Speedster is also roofless, although a hardtop variant is said to be in the works. It’s incredibly light as well, only weighing 1,950lbs. This allows it to do 0-60 in 2.6s, and reach a top speed of 202mph. The Speedster is also capable of creating 850lbs of downforce at it’s Vmax certified top speed. The Speedster is on sale now, starting at $150,000. We spoke to Mr. Nyman about his Speedster, and he said this;
The Speedster can best be described as insane, from the 405hp V8 that revs to 9.5k, or the crazy amount of downforce it puts out; it’s just not like anything else I’ve ever driven.
And Mr. Nyman was correct. We had a chance to blast the Speedster around the town, it’s high revving V8 screaming behind me, the brutal amount of grip it kept in the corners, and the aggressive feeling DCT made for an extremely pleasing driving experience. A full review of the Speedster will be coming soon to MM, but until then, I hope you enjoy this first look.
Last, but certainly not least came the 1975 Voltari 3000LX Syncro, owned by Mr. Goran Nemec, a doctor born in Croatia who moved here to the US in the late 2000s. The 3000LX Syncro was the car that launched Voltari as an international brand, with the first units going on sale in the spring of 1975. The 3000LX Syncro sports a 250hp/185lb-ft 3.0L V6, a 5-speed manual and four-wheel drive with a 2-speed transfer case, which allowed the 3000LX to do 0-60 in 8.0 seconds, and reach a then-impressive top speed of 144mph. Mr. Nemec inherited this car from his father, who purchased it new in 1975, but unfortunately died 2 years later, having only put 15,000km (9,370mi roughly) on the odometer. The 3000LX then sat for over 10 years, until Goran fixed it back up and learned to drive it. The car now has 88,500km (55,000mi roughly) on the odometer, and has crossed continents with Nemec. We had a chance to speak with Nemec, who spoke of the car;
The 3000LX has been with me for every major part of my life, from when I moved to the US to attend medical school, to when I met my wife, got married, had my first child and so on. This car means a great deal to me, and I hope I can keep it going until my son turns 16, so I can hand it down to him.
We were stunned to see such a pristine example of a 3000LX, a Syncro trim no less, and we wish Nemec and his family the best. We sincerely hope that this fine piece of engineering is still on the road for years to come. We also took a quick ride-along with Nemec in the 3000LX, and even today the cushy yet sporty ride it was known for holds up. The interior of the car was pristine as well, with no damage to any of the seats or the touch surfaces. Everything about ths 3000LX is perfect, and it was definitely an exciting thing to see.
This has been Nathan Collins with Motoring Monthly, signing off.
(I’m a new user so unfortunately I can only post one picture, but I did really want to participate in this, hopefully you appreciate my one picture I could post and my little writeup from an automotive journalist’s standpoint.)
Amongst the unique, eye-catching rides shown off at this event, a married couple with their comparatively mundane car watch on tentatively as the show goes on in front of them. For me; as an aspiring journalist interviewing people with their cars, this day in particular will go down as one of the strangest in my life… not least because the person who owns this car is far more interesting than the car that he showed up with.
The owner in question; Simon, is non-verbal. His wife Adele does the majority of the talking, but she explains that he can answer questions, but without speech his way of answering questions results in an almost comical charade of gestures and hand signals. Here’s a truncated transcript just to show you what we’re working with here. It’s seriously hilarious how animated he is.
“So, this is your ride, correct?”
"If you don’t mind me asking, what made you buy this car?
[Simon’s eyes narrow slightly, as if stumped by the question. He holds up a finger telling me to bear with him, and he procures an image of a Skyline from his bag. He shows it to me with his left hand, then holds up his right hand and rubs his thumb in a circular motion across his fingers to symbolise “money”.]
[Simon turns towards his car and opens the bonnet. He then points towards the engine, and makes 6 rising and falling motions with his index finger across the length of the engine, indicating the six cylinders that the inline 6 engine possesses.]
“So does this car have the same kind of power that the Skyline does as well, or is it just the layout that bears a resembelance?”
[He nods, then walks over to the back of the car, opens the boot and reaches into a box, revealing dyno results that show that the engine is 3 liters, was rated at 360 horsepower and 520Nm of torque, and revs to 8000rpm… a redline that is nearly 2000rpm higher than the peak power point.]
“Lots of revs to play with there. I noticed beforehand that the car’s been through some pretty extreme weight reduction. If performance was what you were looking for, why didn’t you get rid of the back seats in that case?”
[Without even batting an eyelid, he looped back around to where he was (directly next to his wife), pivoted towards her and pointed to her belly.]
“Right-o. That’s pretty clear. Thanks for your time, Simon.”
[He smiles and shakes my hand.]
Upon researching this car for myself, the figures put out by this car took me by surprise. Manufacturer figures indicate that as new, this car could accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than 5 seconds, and could nudge the 300 barrier given a long enough stretch of tarmac and of course a disabled speed limiter (which is set at a rather brisk 280km/h).
It’s also just under 3000lb, and this particular model came as standard with bucket seats, 2+2 seating and strangely was optioned as a hard-top convertible. Closer examination during my time at the event showed that aftermarket brakes and tyres were fitted, as well as a slightly less restrictive exhaust to boost power. Some quick maths and an inflation calculator showed that it was available for around $48,000 in today’s money; not bad for a car as quick as this. It was super fun chatting with Simon, and his car really threw in some surprises along the way. I hope you as the readers enjoyed this section as much as I did making it!
Here they come!
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Hey, my name is Mike and i am from Ontario, this is my Auxuras ETL Spec-V that i bought 6 months ago and i did a little modification, well it does cost a fortune but a man dreams is what it’s isn’t it?
This was my first Auxuras, i used to own several Maesima and Tanaka and did not have any experience on owning a luxury car, so you may consider this as my most expensive purchase ever. The reason why i bought the ETL Spec-V was because it’s quite rare in Canada, it’s cheaper than a M3 or C63 AMG by only a few grand so i think people rather buy them instead of this. And not to say the ETL is larger than them.
The original colour was white in colour and it look rather mundane so i thought of wrapping it in matte grey. I have also stance my car a little and my wife isn’t really happy about it, whenever she sits on my car my ear drum will definitely going to explode because of her nagging. sigh
I have also changed my exhaust and this was the best decision of my life, the car sounds so amazing but it cost me roughly $2000 and yes my wife isn’t happy about it too. giggle
Otherwise, most of my car are in stock condition. I really do recommend this car, it’s definitely very underrated and overall i am really very happy about my purchase. How can you go wrong with a 500bhp car with 4 doors am i right?